Beginning Friday, August 19 and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, Sept., 5, the Nebraska State Patrol will participate in the “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” (YDYDYL) campaign, a nationwide effort to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.
Troopers and communications specialists will put in overtime hours during the enforcement period thanks in part to a nearly $23,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
“As motorists we all play a big role in travel safety,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Traffic volume is typically high as we wind down the summer travel season and that can lead to congestion and delays. We need everyone to do their part to stay safe by following the rules of the road.”
The Nebraska State Patrol encourages all travelers to plan ahead, allowing plenty of time to reach their destination. Motorists are reminded to pay extra attention in work zone, to obey the posted speed limit, always wear their seat belt and never drive impaired or distracted.
Impaired or reckless drivers can be reported to the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cellular phone, or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. Emergencies should be reported to 911.
Travelers wanting to check the latest road or weather condition report can utilize 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System at www.511.nebraska.gov. A Nebraska 511 mobile app is also available to download at no cost for smartphone users. Simply search your app provided for Nebraska 511.
Col. Rice said, “Join us in our effort to save lives on our roadways. Watch out for the other guy, always buckle up and never drive impaired or distracted.”